The New Cold War in the Middle East

August 13, 2020

A new cold war between Turkey and the United Arab Emirates is playing out across the Middle East and North Africa

Turkey’s “Peace Corridor” Isn’t a New Idea

October 10, 2019

There is a strange irony to the latest Turkish offensive announced in northern Syria. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan couched it on his Twitter feed as a move that will “preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and liberate local communities from terrorists.” Yet the creation of a “safe...

The Unabated Bombardment of Idlib in Syria

August 22, 2019

Over the last few weeks, the northwestern area of Idlib province in Syria has come under constant bombardment from regime forces and its allies. With a disturbing civilian casualty count mounting and a nation in upheaval after years of civil war, waning global attention is causing concern that one...

Syrian Kurds: The New Frontline in Confronting Iran and Turkey

January 15, 2019

In the Middle East, frontlines and tactics may be shifting, but US and Gulf geopolitical goals have not. Donald Trump’s threat to “devastate” the Turkish economy if Ankara attacks Syrian Kurds serves his broader goal of letting regional forces fight for common goals, like countering...

A Sovereign Kurdistan Under International Law

March 16, 2016

What makes international law particularly relevant to Kurdistan is that in order to recognize one, we must recognize the other. The South China Sea is a contentious flashpoint for China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines and Thailand, all of whom lay claim over the waters. If...

Will Turkey Become Erdogan’s Legacy?

November 18, 2015

President Erdogan’s goal is to stamp his legacy into the story of Turkey for all time. The recent election in Turkey has proved thought-provoking if nothing else. Unable to gain an overall majority in the country’s June general election, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for...

What Erdogan Does Next

October 31, 2015

The future of Turkey hangs in the balance, and society is more polarized than it has ever been under the AKP. Since the general election of June 2015, which led to a hung parliament, Turkey has found itself embroiled in three instances of terrorism. In each case, the disproportionate victims...

Bombs and Ballots Bring Uncertainty to Turkey

September 26, 2015

President Erdogan’s security policy threatens to undermine the ruling party ahead of November’s election. Security has significantly worsened in Turkey since the Justice and Development Party (AKP) failed to secure a majority in the June parliamentary election. The resumption of full-scale...

Turkey Bombs Islamic State, But Are Kurds the Real Target?

July 31, 2015

Critics say the Turkish government’s real goal is to limit the influence of Kurdish groups like the PKK and YPG. In response to a suicide bombing on July 20 at a cultural center in Suruc in southeastern Turkey and the subsequent shooting of a Turkish soldier, the Turkish military has for the...

The Kurdish Elephant in the Middle East

July 30, 2015

In their latest deal to fight IS, the US and Turkey are treating the Middle East’s largest stateless minority like pawns. Let’s mix some metaphors in the Middle East, all of them involving elephants. In the crisis zone that encompasses Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria, the Kurds are the...

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